Fake computer-generated papers revisited

Last month I told you about some MIT students who wrote an automatic CS paper generator. We all had a good laugh.

But Roland Piquepaille (via Smart Mobs) asks the question: what happens when 100,000 people generate fake papers and put them online? He’s concerned that some gullible person might think one of these fake papers is real, and use it for actual research.

Certainly a possibility, given that people are stupid. I don’t think it’ll be a major problem, but it could get a few CS students an F. If you’ve actually read any of these computer-generated papers, you quickly realize they’re complete nonsense. One of them got accepted to a conference merely because someone didn’t read it.